INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – The Kansas City Mavericks are coming off a tough road trip, going 0-3-0-0 against Central Division opponents Cincinnati and Toledo.
Here’s a look back at last week and a look at what is yet to come in Mavericks hockey.
Last Week’s Results
Mavericks 2, Cyclones 5 – Three Observations
Mavericks 1, Walleye 2 – Three Observations
Mavericks 0, Walleye 5 – Three Observations
This Week’s Schedule
Mavericks (25-24-0-1) vs. Indy Fuel (21-22-2-1) – Friday, 7:05 p.m. - Tickets
Mavericks vs. Fuel – Saturday, 7:05 p.m. - Tickets
Mavericks vs. Florida Everblades (34-9-1-4) – Sunday, 4:05 p.m. - Tickets
Central Division Standings
Toledo – 70 points – 33-12-2-2
Fort Wayne – 67 points – 32-13-2-1
Kalamazoo – 56 points – 26-18-2-2
Cincinnati – 56 points – 27-18-2-0
Kansas City – 51 points – 25-24-0-1
Indy – 45 points – 21-22-2-1
Quad City – 36 points – 16-27-3-1
Goals – Mike McMurtry/Matt Robertson (15), Mark Cooper (14)
Assists – Bryce Aneloski/Patch Alber (22), Mike McMurtry (18)
Points – Mike McMurtry (33), Mark Cooper (30), Matt Robertson (28)
Penalty Minutes – Tyler Elbrecht (128), Garrett Klotz (97), Troy Donnay (65)
Save Percentage – Tyler Parsons (.905), Chris Nell (.895), Mason McDonald (.892)
Goals Against Average – Tyler Parsons (3.06), Chris Nell (3.15), Mason McDonald (3.22)
Home Sweet Home
The Mavericks return home following a tough road trip in which the team went 0-3-0-0 against Central Division opponents Cincinnati and Toledo. Friday’s game against the Indy Fuel will beging an eight-game home stand with four games against Central Division opponents Indy and Fort Wayne, three against Mountain Division squads Allen and Rapid City and one against Eastern Conference leader and top team in the ECHL Florida.
The Mavericks had a busy week of transactions in the blue paint, three times having netminders come and go. Tyler Parsons joined the team on Thursday ahead of the team’s game against the Cincinnati Cyclones with Mason McDonald getting reassigned to AHL Stockton, then that move was done in reverse the following day to return McDonald to KC and bring Parsons back to Stockton. Prior to Saturday’s game against Toledo, Chris Nell was reassigned by the New York Rangers to AHL Hartford.
The Mavericks offense has slowed of late, fresh off a three-game road trip in which the team found the back of the net only three times. The Mavericks have not scored more than two goals in a game since Jan. 30’s win over Colorado, a game in which Mike McMurtry and Darren Nowick returned from AHL Stockton. The last time the Mavericks scored four was a Jan. 21 win over the Toledo Walleye to close out a series win over the Central Division leader.
After posting their best month of the season in January with a 7-3-0-0 record, the Mavericks have yet to find the win column since the turn of the calendar to February, starting with an 0-5-0-0 record. The skid has come at an inopportune time as Cincinnati and Kalamazoo have both gotten hot, surpassing the Mavericks in the Central Division standings while still owning games in hand over Kansas City.
This Week’s Promotional Schedule
Saturday – HoKCey Is For Everyone Night
Celebrate inclusion in hockey at HoKCey Is For Everyone Night Saturday against the Indy Fuel. The team will wear specialty jerseys that will be auctioned following the game to benefit Variety KC and a first-intermission sled hockey game highlights the night’s programming.
Sunday – Faith and Family Night
This year’s Wedding On Ice highlights Faith and Family Night, a game against Florida which will be followed by the second post-game skate with the team this season. The skate is capped at 250 skaters, so be sure to sign up at the ticket table as early as possible before spots run out.
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